But new figures confirm that the administration probably will fall well short of the 7 million sign-ups it hoped for by the March 31 enrollment deadline.

By Noam Levey
March 11, 2014, 6:13 p.m.

WASHINGTON — With less than a month remaining in the first enrollment period, more than 4.2 million Americans have signed up for health insurance on marketplaces created by President Obama’s health law, administration officials announced Tuesday.

The new enrollment report confirms that the administration and its allies probably will fall well short of the 7 million sign-ups that they had hoped to get in 2014.

Administration officials would not even say if they believe they will enroll 6 million people, as projected by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

The report shows that health insurance sign-ups continued to recover in February from the disastrous launch of the federal HealthCare.gov website, though enrollment in the month also fell short of earlier projections.

More than 940,000 people enrolled in coverage in February.

The sign-up figures overstate actual enrollment because many consumers have not paid their insurance bills. Administration officials have not released figures on the number of paid premiums. Some insurers have reported that as many as 1 in 5 consumers have not yet paid.

Based on the experience of other programs, however, officials and other independent experts expect the rate of sign-ups to accelerate ahead of the March 31 deadline for enrolling in coverage this year.

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